Not only do lawyers serve as representatives of their clients, they serve as officers of the legal system and public citizens having special responsibility to the quality of justice. But how can lawyers go about being professionals while remaining civil with the person on the other side of the table?Learn
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The November/December 2016 issue of Student Lawyer carries this one message: You can be civil and succeed as a lawyer. We teach you how to contend without being contentious, how to navigate office politics without alienating your co-workers, and update you on the DREAM Initiative and the Law Student Podcast.
You can zealously represent your clients without being a schmuck, and lawyers promise your career and your clients will be the beneficiaries.
It’s no coincidence that my editor’s note is in this issue, which focuses on civility. The topic is important to me, particularly because I plan to go into litigation after law school.
Quick: What do you think of when people mention law school?Usually, two things come to mind: A lot of reading, and a lot of writing.Just as important, however, is the ability to communicate with all the stakeholders in a legal matter, everyone from clients to opposing counsel to judges. Also
One of the first things law students are taught is that, as lawyers, they will be expected to “zealously represent” their clients. But what exactly does this mean?Unfortunately, the imagery conjured by this turn of phrase only serves to perpetuate the pernicious notion—held by many non-lawyers—that lawyers will do anything
Numerous jurisdictions are recognizing and lamenting the deterioration of civility in the legal profession. Some may be tempted to attribute this decline in courtesy to the influx of newly minted millennial attorneys to the profession.
ByDavid A. Grenardo DAVID A GRENARDO is an assistant professor of law at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas.Many law students come to law school after being indoctrinated by television and movies, believing that an effective